[per-uh-nef-ree-uh m]

noun, plural per·i·neph·ri·a [per-uh-nef-ree-uh] /ˌpɛr əˈnɛf ri ə/. Anatomy.

the capsule of connective tissue that envelops the kidney.

Nearby words

  1. perineoscrotal,
  2. perineostomy,
  3. perineotomy,
  4. perineovaginal,
  5. perinephritis,
  6. perineum,
  7. perineural anesthesia,
  8. perineuritis,
  9. perineurium,
  10. perinuclear

Origin of perinephrium

From New Latin; see origin at peri-, nephr-, -ium

Related formsper·i·neph·ral, per·i·neph·ri·al, per·i·neph·ric, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for perinephric


noun plural -ria (-rɪə)

anatomy the fatty and connective tissue surrounding the kidney
Derived Formsperinephric, adjective

Word Origin for perinephrium

C19: from peri- + -nephrium, from Greek nephros kidney

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Medicine definitions for perinephric



n. pl. per•i•neph•ri•a (-rē-ə)

The connective and fatty tissues surrounding a kidney.
Related formsper′i•nephral (-nĕfrəl) null null adj.

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